Bella Italia Gin Afternoon Tea, York

Afternoon Tea.

A small meal you can have in the afternoon. It includes a cup of tea and food such as sandwiches and cakes.

This time we’re at Bella Italia!

Not an ad, but the experience was bought for us by my grandparents!

Who, what, why & when…

…what’s on offer?

Josh and I received a voucher from my grandparents to go for a gin afternoon tea at Bella Italia for Christmas! We loved it because it is such a ‘Niamh and Josh’ thing to do. We love going out and having a nice little afternoon to ourselves, planning future dates and events. I’m glad I booked in advance as the waiters were turning people away as there was a 35-minute wait for a table! After the afternoon tea, we went for MORE drinks at a little gin bar no one seems to know about on the outskirts of the city centre. It’s our little secret, and we will be returning!

Aren’t funky faced selfies just the best, ha?! I also just want to point out, Josh literally posts live updates on his insta feed of our date nights out so if you fancy a bar by bar update, give him a follow…even if he does get me to take some of his photos for him…!

“So…what did you actually get on the afternoon tea, Niamh & Josh?”

I hear you ask…



Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango, Passion Fruit & Strawberry Salsa


Chocolate Brownie with Honeycomb Pieces

Strawberry Cheesecake

This tier was LUSH. Like Josh and I demolished it, ha! When the stand was given to us, we noticed our panna cotta was missing…which I wasn’t too fussed about as I don’t really like coconut, even though I am partial to a Malibu, but hats off to our waiter who noticed it was missing before we even told him! The tiramisu was amazing which was surprising considering Josh and I aren’t really coffee lovers, we love a good cup of tea. Now, it’s a toss-up between the brownie and cheesecake as to which one was our ultimate fave sweet. The brownie came with multiple shards of honeycomb and Malteser-y balls so I was already in love with that BUT the cheesecake wasn’t sickly sweet like we were expecting it to be…hmm. I still don’t know! It’ll have to be a draw.



Specially made Panettone Scones served with Mascarpone Cream and Strawberry Jam

Again, the scones were delish…however, we did have a debate about the cream and jam situation. We agreed to disagree…but it’s obviously cream first…! The scones were still warm which was brilliant as we did take our time with the bottom tier. One thing I nitpicked was a fresh plate for the scones as we used the same plate throughout and the pizza tier had left some crumbs but that’s just me being difficult. The cream was good and melted a tad with the warm scone. We loved this tier too!



Capra – cheese & tomato base with rocket, roasted red pepper & goat’s cheese


Parma – cheese & tomato base with rocket, parma ham & buffalo mozzarella


Bufala – cheese & tomato base with rocket & buffalo mozzarella

We were a bit confused about the pizza situation as the menu looked like it suggested you got to choose two pizzas for your bottom tier, but you only got one pizza. I say only – the serving was HUGE. We both got two massive slices of pizza each and it was delish. I love a good pizza, especially Bella’s. We opted for the Parma pizza and we weren’t disappointed – however, the rocket dose could have been reduced, I’m not a massive fan of peppery things.

To Drink


Hendrick’s Gin & tonic with ice served in a teapot

THE IMPORTANT PART. We asked for our gin with lemonade as we aren’t massive tonic fans. Did you know tonic is the part of the G&T that makes you think you don’t like gin? We were mindblown when a lady in our local pub told us that little fact! The gin was lush BUT it wasn’t served in a teapot, waah. I don’t know why as there was another couple having the same afternoon tea as us who had a teapot. That was the only disappointing factor.

Final Thoughts

…what’s the damage?

The cost of this afternoon tea is £29.99 and to be honest, it’s worth it. Josh and I recommend booking and rocking up a little earlier than your table booking – especially if it’s booked for mid-afternoon. We thought they were going to say to us about the 35-minute wait, which we wouldn’t have minded but I let the place know in advance that I had a voucher and what I wanted to order so they could just sit us in a corner and not worry about us!

See you soon,





  1. Josh Bickerstaffe
    24/02/2020 / 9:55 pm

    Was bloody lovely

  2. 25/02/2020 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve been to a few different afternoon teas before but this one sounds amazing cause i love gin!!

  3. 12/03/2020 / 3:14 pm

    Although I’m not an alcohol drinker, I’d definitely like to try this anyway! I love afternoon tea – I’m actually going for one on Saturday and this has made me even more excited.

  4. 12/03/2020 / 4:35 pm

    Sounds so lovely! We’re actually planning to visit York on our next trip “across the pond,” so this is super timely for me! I could use a good gin… xx

  5. 13/03/2020 / 4:37 am

    I love afternoon teas! And what a nice gift. 🙂 loved this post, thanks for sharing!

  6. 20/03/2020 / 2:42 pm

    Afternoon Teas are the best! I’ve never had one with pizza (only sandwiches), but now I feel that I need to try this, pizza is a much better option! That chocolate brownie sounded amazing too, that’s always my fave sweet treat. Thanks for sharing your experience and glad you both had a lovely time! <3 xx

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  7. 28/03/2020 / 3:41 am

    This sounds like my idea of a great afternoon ‘tea’.

  8. 02/06/2020 / 11:38 am

    This looks amazing!! Need to try this after lockdown

    • Niamh Darby
      02/06/2020 / 11:39 am

      We loved it! It’s a bit of us and my grandparents did good getting us the voucher for Christmas! Was a lush date day! X

    • Niamh Darby
      08/06/2020 / 8:32 pm

      It was brill! Definitely going back when we are allowed!

  9. 05/06/2020 / 12:59 pm

    This sounds delicious and a lovely day out. I enjoy going for afternoon tea and I really love York – it’s a special place for me. Love post.

  10. 30/06/2020 / 2:04 pm

    Lovely post, I’m loving all the York date recommendations on your blog haha, I’m excited for when things start to open over the next few months now! I’m glad you enjoyed your day out, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Niamh Darby
      30/06/2020 / 2:06 pm

      Thank YOU for reading! I’ve lived in York for just under 15 years and I still haven’t been everywhere – expect more recommendations, ha! X

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